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Iran-US talks based on mutual respect will be constructive: Envoy

Tehran, May 10, IRNA-Iran's Ambassador to Sweden Hassan Qashqavi said that Iran-US talks in an atmosphere based on mutual respect will be constructive.

In an article issued in the Swedish daily, Svenska Dagblat on Wednesday, he wrote, "In its turn, Iran has taken the initiative to establish a direct contact with the US by sending President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to his American counterpart, George W. Bush.

"Talks between the two countries based on mutual respect has been recommended to the US by many European and American educational elite as well as international figures such as the Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

"Given the Middle East developments, the US administration should learn that it cannot manage to impose its policies on others through unilateral and hegemonic approach," he added in the article.

In his article, written in response to the article of the US charge d'affaires to Stockholm Casey Christensen, Qashqavi said Iran is prepared to give objective guarantees on the peaceful nature of its nuclear activities.

The diplomat noted that final verification of the peaceful nature of a nuclear program requires a long time, adding that so far only 21 of the 190 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have managed to receive such a verification from the UN watchdog.

"The US anxiety over Iran's peaceful nuclear program is just a pretext to advance its political conspiracies and impose a nuclear apartheid upon Iran," he added.

Qashqavi said that as many other countries, Iran believes that the IAEA is the most deserving and authentic body to solve its nuclear issue.

"The US attempts to make instrumental use of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and making decision based on Chapter 7 of UN Charter will only make the issue more difficult and complicated for the international community," concluded the article.

President's letter a message from all Iranians: Speaker

Tehran, May 10, IRNA-Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here Wednesday said that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's letter to US President George W Bush conveyed a message from the Iranian nation.

Addressing an open session of Majlis, he said the letter also conveyed a message from all world nations and Muslims.

The issues raised by President Ahmadinejad in his letter are not only issues affecting the Iranian people but also Christian Americans, who have raised the same issues with their president who claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ, he added.

Referring to the Iranian president's act of writing to the US president as a "positive move," the speaker said the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) had approved of the act.

The "initiative" is significant on many points, he stressed.

What the world people, particularly Americans, should realize is that Iranians are beneficiaries of an ancient history and rich culture, Haddad-Adel said.

Iranians are a peace-seeking people who fully respect moral and spiritual values, he said, adding that this was the basis of the president's letter to George Bush.

The Iranian nation sent Washington the message that it should not think it can do whatever it wants by relying on its might or that no one in the world has the authority to oppose its views, the speaker pointed out.

According to the speaker, the letter asked US authorities how they could support oppression, terrorism and dictatorship, and said the US was adding insult to injury by justifying its crimes in the name of freedom, democracy and the fight against terrorism.

He referred to the US' collaboration with the former Pahlavi regime in Iran as a historical example of Washington's support for terrorism.

Haddad-Adel further said that the letter should not be taken as the start of a healing process of broken relations between the two countries.

Certain domestic and foreign circles have commented that by sending the letter the Iranian president had decided to end the 27-year break in relations between the two states, he pointed out, and stressed that the interpretation is not correct.

It was Washington that cut off ties with Iran, the speaker said, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran has not found any reason to mend relations in the past 27 years.

The letter thoroughly detailed Iran's reasons for not having any interest in reestablishing ties with the US, he added.

He said it talks about the great Muslim awakening and the fact that Muslim defiance of US and western pressure has grown even stronger as shown in their demand for equal treatment in the international arena.

Lauding the courage of the Iranian president in writing the letter, the speaker expressed the hope it would set the trend for dialogue of the kind the world needs and make global powers more responsive to world public opinion.

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